Best Bars in Covent Garden
Covent Garden is one of London's most picturesque and elegant districts posing as a popular spot for independent eateries, cosy-kitsch designs and a vibrant night life scene with charming pubs and bars aplenty. This area of London is rich with lovely cocktail haunts, boozing hot spots and lively hangouts where you can take refuge from your tourist mooching, shopping sessions or just settle down for an evening of drinking and dancing shenanigans. Take a peek at our favourite Covent Garden bars for inspiration on the best hot spots to go to.
Last updated on 28th September 2017
Popularly regarded as “Covent Garden’s sassy sister”, The Longacre makes a mark with her warm and familiar approach. A vibrant after work hangout, weekend party spot and relaxed dining spot at the same stroke, The Longacre is many different things to many different people. Stop by after work and enjoy some evening cocktails, and with a late licence until 3am six days a week, don’t be surprised to find yourself hanging around long into the night.
A staple for anyone looking for a stylish night out in Covent Garden, Sway is an impressive all-in-one venue perfect for colleagues, partners and groups of mates alike. This way for sumptuous drinks and hearty comfort food dishes in a NYC styled party atmosphere; there’s plenty of DJs and dancing to look forward to as the evening wears on.
There’s a cheeky little secret to be found in the basement of Joe’s Southern Kitchen. Introducing Cocktail Baby, an intimate space where disco, soulful and deep house tunes fill the dance floor. There’s happy hour prices to be enjoyed at all times here, and a wonderful package of shooters, signature cocktails, beers, wines and ciders to spoil you for choice.
Created by the successful group behind the Nightjar, Swift is a cocktail bar that's forever changed the way we think of a 'quick drink' between events. The fast paced team of mixologists at the fore of this bar use a vast collection of exotic ingredients to serve their guests truly intriguing concoctions. Despite being standing only upstairs, guests can take a load off and unwind in the venue's cosy underground bar.
Topicana Beach Club is putting the tropical back into partying with their famous club. With some of the world's most famous DJs playing sets, the venue has already hosted huge names. Join in the fun on the lagoon-style dance floor, cuddle up in a cabana or test your bendiness with surfboard limbo. Cocktails are fruity and delicious with the bar and nightclub stocking a huge variety of rums and other interesting spirits.
One of the legendary cocktail bars in London, specialising in that oh-so-fabulous Martini cocktail. Dirty Martini's Covent Garden joint is a low lit lair of cool graphic artwork, teal accented furnishings and dark finished woods. If you are looking for delicious drinks in a stylish and buzzy atmosphere then this is the one for you.
Be At One excels at hosting pretty much any form of party. Whether you’re planning an intimate first date, a raucous happy hour sesh or late-night dancing antics, Be At One has you covered. Find your way round to this basement bar if your idea of a good night involves a comprehensive list of cocktails and those guilty pleasure party tunes.
Head underneath Covent Garden and you’ll find a real place of temptation and indulgence. This Garden of Eden serves up hedonist cocktails in a luxurious setting – and they’re known to host amazing live music too.
Adventure Bar is a mayhem of seriously fun atmosphere and masterful mixology when it comes to their cocktails. Set in a basement of exposed brick archways, this Covent Garden resident is an underground playground of classic party tunes, cheap, cheerful drinks deals and all round fun.
With a cool and underground feel, this is a unique Covent Garden bar that will make it a night to remember. Foundation brings a bit of Shoreditch to central London with a super stylish restaurant/bar/club physique where happy hours reign strong and the music is nothing but funky feel-good jams.
This chic, stylish bar with large windows, stunning chandeliers and a striking grand piano captures the very best of Ginger-Rogers-level elegance. Situated on the Strand, this jewel is a lively venue with dining at its finest, serving the most luxurious of American and international cuisine at reasonable prices.
One of the coolest cocktail bars in Covent Garden, the Cocktail Club may be exclusively a members bar, but should you be so lucky to snag yourself entry, get set to be treated to a stunning roster of libations in a strictly unique, vintage setting with dated furniture and speakeasy inspiration in abundance.
From acrobatic burlesque acts through to masterful concoctions, Circus puts on the whole show when it comes to drinking in Covent Garden. The bar and restaurant is full of surprises with DJs soundtracking weekend nights until 2am, entertainment coming in all forms and delicious Pan-Asian cuisine.
A snug hideaway characterised by its inviting leather sofas, warm lighting and quirky artwork pieces, The Den is a stunning spot to unwind away from the Covent Garden droves. Check out their Afternoon Tea for a lavish yet traditional British experience, curl up with a book or catch up with a couple of friends by sampling the bespoke G&T menu.
This basement bar beneath a Drury Lane restaurant is the perfect hideaway in Covent Garden for a good old belly-laugh with the lads, a giggle with the girls or even a cheek-aching chuckle with a date. Let these geniuses mess with your funny bones, and with huge names such as Jason Manford and Jack Whitehall on the stage, you'll be sure to be in hysterics.
Escape the buzz of Covent Garden and enter into the entirely different Spanish-flavoured buzz of Salvador & Amanda. Authentic tapas, cocktails and sangria fuse in a whirlwind of lively fiesta and an amorous atmosphere when this basement restaurant turns into a DJ-led party bar in the evening.
Inamo is the tech-savvy Londoner's best mate. Head here for a truly pioneering experience - guests place orders via sleek tablets and even set their own tabletop projections - as head chef Jon Claro knocks up a menu of delightful pan-Asian grub. Share out some sushi and some smaller tapas plates, then head downstairs to the intimate bar area where cocktails with touches from the Orient are again the focus.
Wizards of cocktail conjuring and whipping up a playground atmosphere of feel good fun and debauched drinking, Be At One are champions in London's bar industry for never failing to deliver. Cool staff up for a good laugh, plenty of party vibes and one hella hefty happy hour that'll have you knockin' back cocktails all night long.
Roadhouse is a loud ‘n’ lively late night American-style bar and restaurant with a rockstar attitude and raucous party vibe. Bringing the state side party to London, Roadhouse is a Covent Garden hot spot for thrilling entertainment, live bands, DJs and dancing bar girls that will keep the fun roaring until 3am.
Let Leicester Square's Light Lounge lighten up your evening as its silky, modern-day design whisks you to the height of glam. Promising a collection of creative and classic cocktails, The Light Lounge will make for a top drinking wonderland as you dance away the night to a frenzy of fine funk hits and disco bangers.
Fall into this cool cubby hole in the middle of Covent Garden and find one of the most heavenly havens from the tourist tides and the crowd crush of those busy streets. Take a relaxed time out in a floral paradise of subdued hues and gorgeous cocktails, including the Lavender Love containing lavender syrup, peach puree and Absolut citron.
Part Victorian men’s club, part Masonic Lodge, The Escapologist is an intriguing hangout that pays homage to the erratic behaviour and mythical reputation of the infamous Baron. This basement bar is based at the HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London and promises great times, sharing cocktails and cheese-drenched boards in an engaging, creatively designed space.